Wednesdays are wacky so why not do some wacky math! Today we took a detour into shapes, but not just any shapes...3D shapes! We looked at the qualities of cubes, rectangular prisms, pyramids, and pentagonal prisms to see which looked the strongest and which would support the weight of a dictionary. Then we accepted a challenge and made these shapes out of 20 toothpicks and 10 gumdrops. We were divided on which shapes we thought were strongest (except for the pyramid), so we tested them all out. With toothpicks and gumdrops we could really see the structure of the shapes and watch what happened under weight.
In the end we all agreed the pentagonal prism held the most weight, but we remained divided on whether or not we like the taste of spice gumdrops.
We also got ready for St. Patrick's Day...we're tricking those Leprechaun's with some gumdrop traps. We're definitely catching some tomorrow! Stay tuned.